6-Day Middle School Backpacking: Trinity Alps Wilderness

Explore one of the best-kept secrets in the United States.

Youth is a time of wonder, discover, and expanding our views into what we capable of in our growing body, mind, and sprit. Adventures in the wild, away from screens and into the natural world give us undiluted experiences of beauty, challenge, and inspiration that mirror the maps of our inner landscape. Middles school is an incredible time to be in this process of becoming ourselves from the inside out… encouraged to move through physical challenge, be witnessed in offering vulnerability, and allow eyes to open to a greater aperture to let more of this beautiful life into a deeper place.

This is a perfect time to explore the Trinity Alps. Located 50 miles west of Redding, California, the Trinity Alps rise majestically with rushing streams, wildflowers, lakes, old growth trees, green meadows, and jagged peaks. The beauty of the landscape varies from sunlit creek to rocky ledge, lush meadows to thick forests. It is truly a gem of this area.
Wilderness and backpacking skills are taught, from the ground up, ensuring each has the confidence to read and navigate with maps, cook and clean, and make wise choices as they feed their adventurous spirit.

With 6-days to explore, we will swim in pristine creeks and lakes, learn the skills that keep us thriving in the wilderness, sit in circle under the stars, and connect with each other and the natural world.

From the Teen's Perspective:
“My first trip with Inner guide was the summer after sixth grade when I got to go on an 8-day backpacking trip in the trinity alps in northern California. Over those 8 days I felt challenged. Challenged by the pack on my back and challenged by the discomfort of being away from home and the comforts of life in civilization. I felt free though in a way I had never felt. Our days were distilled to a simple yet engaging rhythm of hiking, connecting, playing, and taking care of our most basic needs. Other than that there were no distractions. It felt as though I had been living with a window between me and the world and it had finally been taken away, allowing me to truly exist in the natural beauty around me and connect with the friends surrounding me. As we dipped in alpine lakes during the day and grew accustomed to the necessities we carried on our backs, our nights brought an invitation for reflection and connection. Around a fire each night I felt like I was learning a new language. This was the language of sharing what is vulnerable and truly authentic. These circles were also deep lessons in listening and how powerful it can be to hear people's stories, happy ones and sad ones, and how healing it can be to be truly heard by a group of people who care about you. I came away from that trip inspired to play and explore more of the natural world, but also with a profound curiosity to explore the depths of human connections. This experience taught me that there is so much growing possible when you can share and see your own vulnerability and authenticity, and on that trip I feel like I was given huge lessons on how to share, and how to listen.” - Kaj P. (Participant)


June 30-July 5, 2024

For Those Entering 7th or 8th Grade


To be Announced



Shasta – Trinity National Forest & Pacific CoasT



Payment plans and
limited scholarship available




This business operates under special use permit with the Shasta-Trinity National Forest

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